Women’s Pain Perceived to Be Less Extreme Than Men’s

Women’s Pain Perceived to Be Less Extreme Than Men’s

Women suffering from pain are less likely to be prescribed treatment and often wait longer to receive treatment compared with men. The first required 50 participants to view videos of male and female patients with shoulder pain performing motion exercises with their injured and uninjured shoulders. Scientists retrieved the videos from a database of footage that showed real shoulder injury patients experiencing different degrees of pain. Participants rated each patient’s pain on a scale of zero (absolutely no pain) to 100 (worst pain possible). Results showed that regardless of gender, participants estimated that female patients were in less pain than males even though they reported and exhibited the same amount of pain.

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